CWG gold medallist Lakshya Sen defeated Vittinghus of Denmark in straight games to advance to the second round at the BWF World Championships in Tokyo on Monday.
Tokyo: Commonwealth Games gold medallist Lakshya Sen defeated Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus of Denmark in straight games to advance to the second round of the men’s singles competition at the BWF World Championships in Tokyo on Monday.
Sen was dominant in the entire match, mixing up his shots to make it difficult for the Dane. Sen is also seeded ninth, finishing the match in just 35 minutes. The 20-year-old Indian shuttler defeated an inconsistent Vittinghus 21-12, 21-11 in his first match. Sen had bagged bronze on his debut in Spain last year.
Lakshya, the ninth seed, had a 2-1 head-to-head advantage over the 36-year-old Danish. The Indian star was in great touch and his cross-court returns from deep forehands created a challenge for the Danish player.
The veteran Danish left no stone unturned, but he failed to stop Lakshya from winning the opening game, with the Indian always being a step ahead.
The Indian shuttler showed his tremendous class and never allowed his opponent to bounce back.
In the mid-game interval of the second game, Lakshya again managed a four-point advantage after Vittinghus sent one wide and slapped his head in frustration. In the end, Sen easily trounced his opponent and went ahead in the prestigious tournament.
India also registered twin wins in the women’s and mixed doubles competitions on the opening day. But Sai Praneeth lost in three games to world number four, Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei.